School of Medicine

We understand that the context of Covid-19 may raise concerns about study at a campus-based community but we really want to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority. Our central website has further important information about life and study on campus and is regularly updated.

At Keele, we are offering a ‘hybrid’ education model to ensure that we can all adhere to social distancing requirements and keep our community safe. This means that you will have a foundation of digital engagement (live online sessions alongside regular digital engagement in your own time) and regular physically present, ‘in-situ’ teaching sessions.

The in-situ sessions will require your presence on campus, to work in small groups. Being on campus at Keele will ensure that you are present for the full student experience: academic study alongside the social and co-curricular activities that your School and University will provide. Please be assured that both your education and your student experience will take place under carefully planned, socially distanced conditions, fully in line with current government Covid 19 guidelines.

At this time, the government do not have additional shielding requirements in place; however, this guidance may change throughout the pandemic. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Student Services who can support you with your personal circumstances and liaise with your School to support your transition to study at Keele.

See our Guidance for Placements (PDF 307 KB) for information about clinical placements.

Our primary goal in selecting medical students has always been to choose people with the clearest commitment to working together to improve lives. We believe that our focus on applicants’ experiences of caring for, supporting or simply helping people is one of the factors that contributes to the kind of public-spirited response that our students have displayed in the current crisis. If you are thinking of applying to study medicine at Keele in 2021 but are worried about how to make a strong application, we would encourage you to think about the things you have done – no matter on how small a scale – that demonstrate your motivation and desire to help people within your community.

You will have seen and heard in the media about the effects that social distancing is likely to have on how university courses are delivered. It is inevitable that the experience first-year students have of university in 2020-21 – and even possibly beyond – will be different from that of previous cohorts. Please be assured that Keele is working hard to plan ways of delivering the medicine course that balance effective education and the best possible learning experience with maintaining the safety of students, patients and staff. This will mean that some teaching that has previously taken place within the medical school will have to be delivered remotely using online tools, allowing us to give priority to using our laboratories and other facilities for small groups of students to use these for learning activities that require them. Please see the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions, please visit one of our Virtual Open Days or use Unibuddy to ask a member of staff or student about what studying medicine at Keele is like.

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